Cascade Saddle - Rees

Lower South Island


Grade: Fit

Event Status: Programme

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From Wednesday 10 January 2024
To Friday 19 January 2024

Cost: $


Trip Leader:
Astrid Brauksiepe

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Phone: 021 252 0877, 03 927
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Anybody interested in joining me on the Cascade Saddle - Dart Glacier - Rees Route? Sometime between 9th and 19th January. My rough plan is, e.g. start in Wanaka on 11th Jan:

day 1) park in Wanaka, hitch into the Matukituki Vly, walk from Raspberry Carpark, 2-3 hrs, then on to Liverpool or Frenchridge Hut

2) Probably spend an extra day or 2 here, going up Frenchridge and/or Liverpool Hut

3) spare day in Matukituki Valley, depending on weather window. Stay at Aspiring Hut

4) climb Cascade saddle, into Dart hut, 8-10 hrs. Camping halfway at Pylon is possible (but not intended). Hut 32 bunks, no booking

5) morning rest or sidetrip to Whitbourn Vly, then down to Shelter Rock huit, 5 hrs. 22 bunks, no booking.

6) out to Muddy Creek car park, 6-7 hrs, and hopefully catch a ride to Glenorchy. Camp in lovely Glenorchy. Otherwise camp and walk out the next day, 4.5 hrs.

7) Hitch back to cars in Wanaka.

Good weather is totally essential for the Cascade saddle traverse day!!! And not too much snow remaining. And not after heavy rain.

This could turn into an official club trip with arranged shuttle transport, (with sufficient interest) otherwise it's just a casual buddy tramp.

Cascade Saddle Route (Ambient Hiking)

Also watch the Mountain Safety videos in the links!

Best dates for me would either starting around 10/11th Jan. But not confirmed yet. Hope to car pool to Wanaka from CHCH and back.

I ll be in CHCH from 27th December, but mostly out off range till 4th jan. So, please contact me BEFORE 27th, or be spontaneous! :)

Astrid, 021 2520877


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